One Week, Three Interviews


Earlier this week, I posted that I want to move more into the education space and get more interaction time with students, in a classroom if possible, or in a tutoring setting. Well, I got right to work setting things up.

SAT Instruction

I interviewed on Wednesday via Skype for the chance to become a trained SAT teacher/tutor. The conversation was brief, but there are a lot of steps to go yet. Next week, I will drive an hour to give a 5-minute audition lesson. Then, if I’m accepted to the next step, I have about 40 hours of training at that location, or in NYC 2.5 hours away.


On Thursday, I went to a local high school to meet with someone about tutoring opportunities. This is just one of many tutoring opportunities I’m exploring, but it’s the in-person one. It looks like there may be some opportunity here, especially as while I’d prefer to tutor in the humanities, I’m not turned off by math or science, either.

Substitute Teaching

Today I met with Kelly Staffing so that I can begin the process of getting hired. Where the SAT instruction job requires a lot of training, this one requires a ton of paperwork–not to mention getting fingerprinted for $87.00. But you know what? It’s worth it. Subbing is the best way to get some additional classroom time while allowing me to meet my TA duties this semester and my adjunct duties next semester.

Other Opportunities

So the last few days have been busy with interviews, but I don’t mind. I’m excited to dive into these things, even if they require training and paperwork, because of all the things I enjoy doing, I was put on this earth to write and teach. In the fall, I’ll also be teaching a creative writing course locally if enough people enroll. I’m capping that class at 10 students so I can give them my best, so it shouldn’t be too hard to fill. This summer, I might have the chance to volunteer as a TA in an online course.

Education, Writing Life


I’m in the midst of seeking more students to tutor. I enjoy that one-on-one educational experience and I’m looking to get more experience in the educational field. That’s not to say I won’t still freelance, but I’d rather do that on clientele basis rather than working for companies that need content.


Why the shift?

Realistically, I’ve noticed a trend over the last year of freelancing and that is that companies tend to expect more and more of their writers, yet the pay doesn’t increase to match. If I were working one-on-one with a client, my contract with that client would state that additional work would cost extra.

But my desire to shift gears isn’t just about money and expectations. I made the decision this semester that I want to focus more on education. To that end, I spent some time yesterday seeking out some new opportunities that I hope give me the opportunity to work with students, both individually and in class settings.

I won’t get into what they are now because I don’t want to jinx anything.

What changes am I making to my freelancing goals?

I want to focus more on editing and ghostwriting. I recognize that the latter may not really start to take off until I’ve published a novel, so I’m happy to be patient. I’ll continue doing editing work. I’m also not leaving any of the companies I currently write for at this time. I enjoy working with the people there and the work is fun, at least. But the trends of ever-changing expectations, as well as taking up writing time from my fiction or my blog have inspired me to realize that I need to be focusing my attention on education.

I’ll write more about this as I’m moving through this transition, but one thing you can count on: I will continue to offer the services listed here on my website going forward.